Some of you might remember that earlier in the year a company by the name of Award Pictures attempted to go forward with an Evil Dead 4 without the go ahead from Sam Raimi and his original team. This ultimately lead to Raimi’s Renaissance Pictures filing a lawsuit against Award Pictures for their plans for Evil Dead 4: Consequences. Honestly these guys should have been sued for that terrible title alone.
The president of Award Pictures, Glenn Macrae, failed to show up in court which is a big no no. Naturally the judge ordered a block on the sequel which no doubt would have happened regardless if Macrae showed up or not. Per THR: “In May, Renaissance Pictures, formed in 1979 by Raimi, producer Robert Tapert and actor-producer Bruce Campbell for the purpose of making the first film, sued Award Pictures, which was in the midst of making ‘Evil Dead 4: Consequences’. The movie was alleged to be interfering with Raimi’s plan to make his own sequel for Sony Pictures and FilmDistrict. After the lawsuit was filed, Award Pictures and its president Glenn MacCrae failed to respond in court.”
From the sounds of it, it looks like Raimi is actually considering an official Evil Dead 4, or at the very least want’s to make sure he’s involved if it ever does happen.
Moviehole was able to track down a synopsis for Award Pictures’ Evil Dead 4: Consequences which reads,“EVIL DEAD IV: CONSEQUENCES: Horror, 136 mins. Prod co: Award Pictures. Prod/scr: Graham MacCrae, Glenn MacCrae. Budget: $71m. Pre-production. Delivery date: 2004. Ash may need a hand fighting deadites, demons, the FBI and reality TV.”
Wow. So they obviously missed the 2004 date but what really gets me is the $71 million budget; especially when they planned to feature Ash’s character without the man that made it so iconic, Bruce Campbell. In the same article it shows that they also planned for a sequel to John Carpenter’s cult classic Big Trouble In Little China called More Trouble In Little China with an even more ridiculous budget of $75 million! The fact that they planned to spend over $70 million on films that they don’t even own says a lot about the company. Other than being really good at coming up with terrible names for their films these guys just need to climb back under that rock they came out from and leave their hands off of films they have no rights to.